Friday, August 14, 2015

Recording: Ways

Artist: Ways

Song: [excerpt]*

Recorded at Ratio, August 6, 2015.

Ways - [excerpt]

This new duo project from Brodie West (sax) and Evan Cartwright (percussion) has been playing a few gigs, but this was their first in Toronto. After a spell where West had been spotted in either solo sets or the larger-format Eucalyptus, he seems to have found a midpoint in recent duos like this and his work with Fleshtone Aura. Cartwright's percussion gave a framework for West to play over — often a sort of broken-step marching band clatter. In this extract, Cartwright keeps up a steady tattoo to provide West with some companionship of a somewhat-melancholy stroll.

* I spotted West and Cartwright going over arrangements from lead sheets before they played, so I'm assuming at least some parts are titled compositions. Please leave a comment if you know the title to this one!

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